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WATCH: Barlow speaks at Great Lakes conference tonight

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will be speaking on the Great Lakes at a key environmental conference at 7 pm ET tonight in Traverse City, Michigan. Her speech will be live-streamed at this website,

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports, “Threats against the Great Lakes are real, Jim Olson said, and they’re multiplying. Olson, a noted environmental attorney who practices in Traverse City, hopes a conference will help galvanize support for the lakes. The conference, dubbed ‘Saving the Great Lakes Forever’, begins Friday at the State Theatre.” The newspaper had reported late last week, “The ‘Saving the Great Lakes Forever’ conference is scheduled for May 6-7. It kicks off May 6 at 6:50 p.m. (with a welcome from the Mayor of Traverse City) at the State Theatre (and then at 7 pm) with a presentation by Maude Barlow, a water advocate and former senior adviser to the president of the UN General Assembly.”

Along with Barlow and Olson, Food and Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter will be speaking at the conference. Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui will also attend. We are waiting for an update on whether some of these portions of the conference may be live-streamed too, so check back at if you are interested.

For more on the conference, please go to The conference Facebook page is at